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Dunwoody KinderCare

Ms. Cora Pollard, Center Director

5695 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody GA 30338
(770) 396-2095 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Neighborhood:
I-285 and I-400/ Close to Mt. Vernon Hwy, across from the Publix Grocery Store

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Austin, Dunwoody Elementary, Chestnut, Woodland

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Welcome

Welcome to Dunwoody KinderCare located on Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. near Mt. Vernon Hwy across from Publix.  We are so excited you are here!  Our child care center includes classrooms designed by education experts — and every activity and lesson is created to prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Ms. Cora Pollard, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Dunwoody KinderCare are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average of 10 years of Early Childhood Education experience. The majority of our teachers have either a Child Development Associate's credential (CDA), Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. The KinderCare team strives for excellence through continuing education from bi-annual company trainings and ongoing state facilitated trainings. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Ms. Cora Pollard

    Ms. Cora Pollard, Center Director

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel--Maya Angelou

    Ms. Cora has over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood Industry.  She has created a warm and welcoming environment at the center where children can learn and thrive.  Ms. Cora is passionate about KinderCare's curriculum that is developed by experts in the industry.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.  She also loves reading, gardening, and volunteering.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Seuss!
    Year Started:
    12/22/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    B.A. Political Science
  • Shanta Caldwell

    Shanta Caldwell, Assistant Director

    The future belongs to those who prepare for it today".  ---Malcolm X

    Ms. Shanta has been with KinderCare for almost 5 years.  She loves having fun in the classroom and being a positive influence in a child's life.  In her spare time, she loves being a mother to her 2 beautiful girls and getting their nails and makeup done.  She also loves movie night with her husband and children.  Ms. Shanta enjoys dancing, drawing, and interior design.

    Previous Experience:
    Retail
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon"
    Year Started:
    11/2/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Currently seeking Bachelor's of Arts, CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Cynthia, Program Specialist

    I can do everything through God, who gives me strength

    Ms. Cynthia says she loves making a difference in the life of a child and she makes learning fun!
    In her spare time, she watches movies, paints or rides bikes with her husband of 12 years, two beautiful daughters, and amazing neice.    

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alexander and the Terrible" "Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
    Year Started:
    3/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Monica, Health & Safety Coordinator, Bus Driver, Chef, Floater

    I love shaping the lives of tomorrow's leaders"
     

    Ms. Monica says that children love her classroom because everyday is like a party!  Her hobbies include interior design, furniture restoration, traveling, baking, scrabble, and family game nights.

    Previous Experience:
    Greenville County Schools, Real Estate, Boys & Girls Club, Financial Counselor
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Queen of the Scene"
    Year Started:
    2/20/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    22
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate), Interior Design
  • Ms. Samia, Infant Classroom

    Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your actions."  --Dalai Lama

    Ms. Samia loves reading to the children in her classroom.  She is very nuturing and loving to all of her children.  In her spare time, she loves reading, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her loving husband, children and grandchildren.  

    Previous Experience:
    Kindergarten Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Guess How Much I Love You"
    Year Started:
    3/5/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 years
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Debbie, Pre-Kindergarten

    The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet" -- Aristotle

    Ms. Debbie says she loves making a positive impact in the lives of children.  In her spare time, she loves cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and family.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Charlotte's Web"
    Year Started:
    4/10/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    B.S. Integrative Studies
  • Ms. Dorothea, Preschool

    You can't do the same routine and expect a different outcome

    Ms. Dorothea's favorite part of being in the classroom is "Circle Time".  She also loves watching the progress that children make every day.  In her spare time, she enjoys working out, homework, shopping and spending time with her family.  Ms. Dorothea says she grew up in a military family and her parents taught her to follow her dreams.

    Previous Experience:
    Youth outreach worker
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anything by Dr. Seuss!
    Year Started:
    5/19/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Pursuing a Bachelor of Science, Associates, CPR and First Aid
  • Ms. Tawayna, Preschool

    I love interacting with the parents and watching the children grow and develop their own personalities

    Ms. Tawayna says children love her classroom because she teaches from the heart.  She loves spending time with her husband and 4 wonderful children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Cindarella"
    Year Started:
    3/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate), Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Tiandra, Teacher Assistant

    I enjoy building relationships with the children and experiencing each child grow in their own unique way

    Ms. Tiandra says children love being in her classroom because she creates a fun learning environment.  She loves spending time with her family - she is the 3rd of 8 children.  Ms. Tiandra also loves to travel.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Pete the Cat"
    Year Started:
    5/11/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Ms. Monique, Toddler

    Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself" - George Bernard Shaw

    Ms. Monique loves giving the children lots of love and attention.  In her spare time, she loves being with her son, writing, and designing clothes.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any Dr. Seuss book!
    Year Started:
    5/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    CPR, First Aid
  • Ms. Natasha, Toddler

    I enjoy watching the children advance in learning

    Ms. Natasha gives a lot of love and attention to her students.  In her spare time, she loves to read and shop.

    Previous Experience:
    Customer Service
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon" "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    Year Started:
    10/5/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Nurun, Infant

    I love to watch my babies learn something new everyday

    Ms. Nurun enjoys nurturing and reading to the children.  In her spare time, she loves cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, 3 children, and cat named Lily.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    1/5/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    CDA (Childhood Development Associate)
  • Ms. Massomeh, Infant Teacher

    The teacher affects eternity...he can never tell where his influence stops

    Ms. Massomeh loves teaching because she loves to play and sing with the children.  She is originally from Turkey.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, two children, shopping and cooking.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "We're Going On A Bear Hunt"
    Year Started:
    1/12/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 months
    Education:
    Working towards CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Maryam, Discovery Preschool

    Think Globally, Act locally

    Ms. Maryam is orginally from Iran.  She loves to put a smile on the students' faces.  In her spare time, she loves being with her husband, reading, walking, and shopping.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Year Started:
    8/15/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    B.A. in Art
  • Ms. Hannah, Pre-Kindergarten

    Children learn by using their senses.  In my class, we use them all!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alice in Wonderland"
    Year Started:
    9/13/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Ms. Tiesa, Pre-Kindergarten

    The best part of teaching is the look on a child's face when you know...they get it!

    Ms. Tiesa loves watching the children learn new things and being proud of themselves when they achieve a goal.  She says children love being in her classroom because she likes being silly and she gives them lots of love.

    Previous Experience:
    YMCA
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "A Bad Case of the Stripes" "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs"
    Year Started:
    8/11/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA (Child Development Associate)
  • Ms. Samantha, Teacher's Assistant

    I love art.  Introducing art to my students is so exciting!

    Ms. Samantha loves playing with the children!  She makes learning fun!  In her spare time, she enjoys music, drawing, and spending time with her friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Green eggs and ham"
    Year Started:
    5/16/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    In the process of completing her Bachelor's of Science in Business

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

Our center is specifically designed to foster growth and encourage learning.  Every classroom encourages each individual child to explore, share, and grow.   And, our highly experienced staff is committed to creating a supportive environment for parents and families, so that your children can reach their maximum potential and enjoy a lifelong love of learning!
 

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC

    NAEYC

  • Excellence in Service

    Excellence in Service

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At Dunwoody KinderCare, your child's safety is one of our top priorities.  We have an on-site Health & Safety Coordinator who implements health and safety guidelines along with conducting monthly fire and natural disaster drills.  All of our outside perimeter doors are locked to ensure security and all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the primary door to enter the facility has a keypad code only given to current families of our children.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I too manage a team of professionals, who have the duties of caring for children and must supply impeccable customer service.
 
As a manager, I can’t be everywhere at all times. I want you to know I am impressed with the EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE we have received all year, from your staff, not your presence but representing your company.
 
I am writing you in praise of the daycare Administrator and Staff. Mrs. Landy is the epitome of professionalism, kindness, and practicality. She runs a tight ship, with staff just as dedicated to teaching and helping these children, making it an experience not just a day at daycare.
 
The energy is upbeat and positive! With little touches that make it so special, such as music on Friday mornings. I brought my grandson here from another daycare, and he was welcomed in and he LOVES to go. He didn’t love to go to other school.
 
Please consider special KUDOS to Mrs. Landy, Ms. Tesia and Ms. Hannah in Pre-K A class. Thank you for your time and the ongoing excellent customer service experience at this center!
 
 
- Grandmother
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